New York City has been one of the most prominent cities when it comes to the realm of Hip Hop. From Run DMC, to Big L, Jay Z, Nas, and Notorious B.I.G and even more recently; Dave East, Action Bronson, and Fabolous conveying the music industry as the new generation of Hip Hop approach to a light. However, the surrounding cities are overlooked by the Big Apple, considering its illustrious hustle and media’s glorification of the five boroughs. Poughkeepsie, New York is one of those cities with a promising roster of different artists who can become the next big thing. With a medium underground circuit especially from a Hip-Hop margin, Dutchess County is slowly yet surely making a distinctive name for itself when it comes to artistry – and one of the artists who is shedding light upon marking his own territory within the industry is no other than Tito Montana. The representation has no affiliation or replica of rapper French Montana or fictional character, Tony Montana – but is a representation of battling against all obstacles, whether it may be negative reviews or the music industry at large. The acronym of ‘Montana’ states: Moving. On. New. Territory. Acquiring. Nobody’s. Approval, and indeed, Tito is certainly delivering his determination with his pseudonym.
As a lifelong passion for the Brooklyn born, Poughkeepsie bred, Tito began writing lyrics around 12-years-old with musical inspirations that ranges from Nina Simone to Notorious B.I.G., who all were synonymous to producing messages that had a clause within their generational period. Nina Simone represented the Civil Rights movement, while Christopher Wallace (Biggie Smalls) spoke about his personal shortcomings of providing for his family and street ethics during an era where Hip-Hop’s violence was prominent and factual. For Tito Montana, bringing reality within his lyrics is essential for the audience to perceive context of lyricism, rather than sonically sounding production. The independent emcee acquires a mixture of reality rap from personal experiences combined with an old school Hip-Hop flavor, which could be seen on his past visual, ‘Miracle’ produced by Just Blaze under Montana’s Final Score Entertainment label.
A narrator of his city, Tito is setting to release his forthcoming project, ‘Why Not Me?’ by the first quarter of next year.
His recent single ‘Must Be Crazy’ which features hip-hop contender Dave East and acquires a sample from Dick Gregory, has garnered international attention at rapid speed. You can watch the animated four minute clip (arranged by Allen Robbins) after the jump.
Be sure you keep an eye and ear out for Tito’s forthcoming project, ‘Why Not Me’ coming soon.
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